Friday, February 15, 2013

Marrone: Fitzpatrick, Jackson to be in open QB battle


Ryan Fitzpatrick will have an opportunity to earn the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback gig in 2013. So will Tarvaris Jackson.

Friday, the Bills announced they re-signed Jackson, who was acquired in 2012 as a reserve. With that, head coach Doug Marrone said the pair of signal-callers will partake in an "open competition" this summer.

 Intriguing, we know. (photo: Ronald Woan, Flickr)

“I feel pretty good about it," Jackson told the John Murphy Show, via "I talked to (Bills general manager) Buddy (Nix) right before the season ended and after the season ended and it sounded like he really wanted me there so that’s where I wanted to go.”

Jackson is physically gifted but has had trouble taking ownership of any offense he's been a part of since being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. This looks to be his final shot at a starting job, and it won't be an impossible task if he is in fact battling Fitzpatrick, who struggles getting out of his own way at times, too.

Nix has also been vocal over the past six months about wanting to find a young franchise signal-caller, so Buffalo is expected to add a quarterback somewhere early in the draft in hopes of developing him into one.

A fair share of Bills fans would prefer that happen sooner than later, so maybe they don't have to watch, well, Fitzpatrick or Jackson start in 2013.

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